If you're a nature lover, don't think twice: you can even reach the summit.

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Pichincha Volcano

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Ecuador is in a region with very dynamic geology; as a result, seismic and volcanic activity has had a huge influence on the history, development and society fabric of the country. In fact, Quito is surrounded by a number of volcanoes. One of these is the Pichincha volcano, a crater that has been inactive for many years. However, in 1660 it covered the entire city in ash, causing a wave of panic among the inhabitants. It came close to doing the same in 1999, when the city awoke to an enormous grey cloud rising from the volcano. That said, this peak is one of the places you simply must visit if you're a fan of nature: there is a mountain refuge just a few metres from the summit, offering unforgettable views of this giant and the neighbouring volcanoes of Cotopaxí, Pasochoa, Chimborazo and Llinizas.

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